Shopping for the Sephora Favorites sets during the holidays has become somewhat of a tradition. The value that you get out of it is often quite unbeatable and I simply can’t resist having tons of new items to play with. My favourite from every holiday season is typically their biggest, called the “Superstars” that features at least 10 items including a bunch of full-sized ones! For 2017, we have the Sephora Favorites Superstars Everyday Must Haves ($90, available here) this year featuring 10 deluxe-sized and 3 full-sized best everyday products you can’t miss out on!
I’ve been extremely loyal to the annual Sephora Favorites sets – I purchased them (usually multiples of them) throughout the year. I only remember skipping one or two years, but in case you’re curious here are the sets from previous years: 2013, 2015, and 2016. Most times, every time a new set comes out, it’s always so much better than the previous year’s. I have to say, I think the 2017 Sephora Favorites Superstars Everyday Must Haves set is the best from the last 4 years (So much so that I might end up buying 3 of these as a treat for myself!)
I’m genuinely very glad that Sephora hasn’t raised the price of these sets since I started out with makeup. They’ve retailed for $90 for the last few years despite the changes in the USD/CAD exchange rate.
Sephora Favorites Superstars Holiday Set
Similar to the themes from past years, Sephora stuck with a formula that’s worked and made sure they’ve got a product that will sell impressively. The carefully curated set features 10 generous sized deluxe items, and 3 full-sized items. I love that the set is skintone-neutral – as far as I can tell most of the items with specific colours chosen by the brand comes down to a matter of preference. For the most part, everyone can definitely rock a red lipstick and neutral/champagne-coloured eye makeup!
By the way, did you know you can repurpose the box after you’re done unboxing the fabulous holiday sets? I like to use them to line my IKEA Alex Drawer – they are the perfect height, very sturdy and are already well-decorated! All you have to do is trim the lid and use the box to organize you’re makeup!
Another way to get the most bang for your buck when buying holiday sets, is to break them out and gift specific items to different people! They make for the perfect office Secret Santa gift (They’re reasonably priced individually at around $25-30 a piece!) and makes the recipient think you went out of your way thinking about them! Gift giving seriously cannot get any easier than this!
The Product List
- 0.003 oz/ 0.085 g Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Medium Brown (Full-sized)
- beautyblender® The Original beautyblender® (Full-sized)
- 0.1 oz/ 3 g Benefit Hoola Bronzer
- 0.03 oz/ 0.9 g Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Golden Pink
- 0.19 oz/ 5.4 g Kat Von D Beauty Lock-It Setting Powder
- 0.035 oz/ 1 g MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Microfinishing Loose Powder
- 0.01 oz/ 0.37 g Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in Blacquer
- 0.06 oz/ 1.8 g Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella
- 0.5 oz/ 15 mL Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer
- 0.13 oz/ 4 mL tarte™ lights, camera, lashes™ 4-in-1 mascara in black
- 0.08 oz/ 2.3 mL Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Long Wear Matte Lipstick in Sell Out
- 1 oz/ 30 mL Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray
- 0.08 oz/ 2.5 mL Yves Saint Laurent Touche Èclat Radiant Touch in 2 Luminous Ivory (Full-sized)
The Sephora Favorites Superstars Everyday set comes jam-packed with everything for the face, eyes and lips. I find this year’s set to lean heavily more towards face makeup which I don’t mind. There are plenty of products included in here that are highly-raved about must-have, and plenty of my own favourites. I love that they’ve changed up the variety and that there are minimal repeats (aside from my favourite beautyblender) it appears everything else is new!
I was curious about the decision to include two setting powders here – I love the Make Up For Ever offering, but have been curious about the Kat Von D. I almost wished they included a concealer (like the NARS Creamy Concealer) or a highlighter (Laura Mercier’s offering would be fantastic)in place of two setting powders. I love that there isn’t anything that caters to a specific skintone. I can see how the full-sized YSL Touch Eclat shade would be unsuitable for darker skintone. I’m a fan of the YSL Touch Eclat and on its own it costs about half of the entire set so it works out really nicely.
The eye makeup items are also quite solid – the Brow Wiz and cream eyeshadow stick are some of the most popular favourite products which everyone talks about a lot! I thought it was smart to include both a reddish lip shade and a neutral one. It solves the problem of having one-colour-fits-every occasion mindset! I don’t really like the NARS lip offering so I may trade it with a more neutral shade.
Again, another one of my favourite holiday products that I can’t wait to play around with! I love new goodies and I can see myself reaching out for every day!
What do you think of the Sephora Favorites Superstars set? Are you planning on shopping for it this year?